Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has paid tribute to his son's friend who died in barn fire
The body of Louis Simpson – who was friends with the Liverpool legend’s son James – was found after the blaze near £2million Fairhurst Hall, in Parbold, Lancashire.
Carragher, 39, posted a picture of the tragic youngster on Instagram and wrote: “Absolutely devastated as a family about the news today about Louis.
“I remember a cracking footballer for the school, holidaying with the family in Ibiza and staying over for his and James’s birthday. Most of all a great kid.
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“R.I.P son you’ll never be forgotten x.”
The youngster, a pupil at the independent Merchant Taylors’ School, in Liverpool, was reported missing following the blaze broke out at around 3pm on Sunday.
A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “After an extensive search of the area a body was recovered from the barn.
Carragher, 39, posted a picture of the tragic youngster on Instagram
“While yet to be formally identified, the body is sadly believed to be Louis.
R.I.P son you’ll never be forgotten
“Louis’ family have been informed this morning and they are being supported by specially trained officers. Our thoughts are with them at this time.”
In a statement, Louis’ devastated parents said: “It is with deep regret and heartbreak we can confirm the tragic loss of our beautiful, beautiful boy Louis James Simpson.
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“We are all truly devastated but want to thank our amazing family and friends for their ongoing love and support.”
The youngster, a pupil at the independent Merchant Taylors’ School, in Liverpool, was reported missi
Merchant Taylors’ – where he was a Year 9 pupil – said: “Louis was a popular boy and known to many of our pupils.
“Our school community is in deep shock and we will be providing the appropriate support, advice and counselling for pupils, staff and parents over the coming days and weeks.”
A book of remembrance has been made available, the school added.
The body of Louis Simpson was found after the blaze near £2million Fairhurst Hall, Lancs.
Emergency crews were called to the barn fire just before 3pm on Sunday.
Det Supt Neil Ashton, of Lancashire Police, said initial findings show that a group of friends were “playing in a rural setting” when the barn fire started.
The building was storing 250 tonnes of straw to feed cattle over winter.
Inquiries were continuing to establish the cause of the fire, but there did not appear to be any suspicious circumstances.
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